Summary: I'm mainly posting this review so that other users have information about the below issue. I bought the camera with a underwater shell style case to make it even more waterproof and actually have never put it in the water without this case since there is no reason to risk it. Besides the below (pretty serious) issue the camera has been great. If you leave the camera for long periods of time between uses, you may run into this issue.
Great at being tough. Good at being a camera. Bad at peripheral features.
24 February 2012
Summary: I had Olympus's first tough camera a few years ago, and loved it. I lost it on a canoeing trip, and for all I know it might still be working at the bottom of that river :P This is the 3rd generation of their tough cameras, and it has the obligatory improvements in megapixels, and toughness. But is it better? First, the picture quality is a bit better, so that's a win, because the original version did leave a little to be desired.
Summary: Great camers and good photos but the battery door is poorly designed and pops open easily allowing water to ruin the camera..The end result is two destroyed cameras one year. The design should have a safety feature over battery compartment or be redesigned with different type of battery access. I am a San Francisco Bay swimmer and this is getting expensive!
Summary: I purchased this camera on a whim while I was vacationing in Hawaii. We were going to Hanauma Bay, a marine nature preserve. I wanted to capture what turned out to be one of my most memorable vacations ever. The camera came with only a quick start guide, so my photos were taken on the fly. I was unaware of the depth of the settings available, thus all of my photos were taken in the auto setting.
Summary: This is a very rugged camera designed to survive the elements lethal to most other point-and-shoot's. As to the qualities related to its primary purpose, taking pictures and video clips, they are about average for this class of photo equipment. My major complaint is the much-advertised (and potentially very useful for the target customer base) GPS function, which adds extra $100 to the retail price (compared to the GPS-less TG-610) but almost never works.
Summary: My new TG610 arrived 4 days ago and I have been trying to make it do all of its stuff. It has yet to be in water, no dust and the current temperature is about 90 degrees. Its takes great -- normal pictures but while investigating its capabilities, I found two surprises. Under the Magic filter scheme - watercolor is washed out without spectral colors and form. Also, line drawing is washed out almost completely.
Summary: I bought this to replace my previous Olympus Tough camera which was fantastic, but unfortnately got stolen. This version is nowhere near as good as the previous one. The functions are not user friendly and the pictures are almost aways slightly out of focus. This would be fine for holiday snaps, but you would expect better these days from a cheap camera. The previous version had a much better picture quality.
Summary: Olympus tg 610 full review If you would like to watch the review on this camera, please go here: [...] So, on first impressions, it was a good looking reasonably priced tough point and shoot camera, but what was it like once I tested it? First, the looks and build quality of the camera. I have found the looks of the camera to be great, I love the look of the camera, and there are loads of different colours, so you can pick your best colour.
Excerpt: Cameras and water, by tradition, don’t go together. Sure, there are apocryphal tales about ‘Nam photo-journalists dropping their Nikon Fs into the Mekong’s muddy waters only to have them transferred to a bucket of clean water until such time as they could be dried, cleaned, re-greased and made working again, but they were all mechanical. Add in electronics and you’ve got a dead camera on your hands.
Pros: Knockabout camera which can even be used underwater, well down to 16 feet anyway !
Cons: Battery life . Slightly soft results . Tendency to over - expose .
Better than some, just thought technology was suppose to move forward!!
Mr. G. C. Elford "smegg79", Amazon
19 January 2012
Summary: I should start by saying that I own an DSLR and this was bought to use in places where I would not dare take my other camera and was interested in capturing video as the DSLR does not. First thoughts upon unpacking was that the camera was a little plasticy but small enough and looks rather neat. The ergonomics aren't great as you need to ensure that the hand near the lens is held flat on the edge, otherwise you risk getting a close up digit in the image!!